Coast Guard finds body of woman who apparently fell of personal water craft (PWC)

January 13, 2011

The Sun-Sentinel reports that late Tuesday night, a woman’s body was found about a mile and a half off Fort Lauderdale beach. At about 4pm, someone reported finding an unmanned personal water craft about a half mile offshore.

The Coast Guard then launched a search, and found her body shortly after 7 p.m. The Coast Guard, along with the help of those in the area used a 45-foot boat, helicopter and tow boat for the search. The woman’s identity has not been released.

The area where the PWC occurred is a popular tourist destination containing several resorts. Amongst the resorts, there are several PWC rental concessions. Typically the rental concessions limit the use of the PWC’s to a specific area along Fort Lauderdale beach. PWC’s also go by the name of jet ski’s, wave runners, or sea-doo.

Seas on Tuesday at 4pm were relatively flat and the initial reports are unclear as to how the accident occurred. Because the rental of PWC’s is such a popular activity, it is critical that any PWC rental concession provide adequate training and supervision for a person that is unfamiliar with operating a PWC. In fact, Florida has specific regulations which require PWC rental concessions to provide training on the safe operation of a PWC.

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